April 9, 2015

Altman Plants’ Online Cactus Shop Shows Strong Sales

Altman Plants recently opened its new Cactus Shop, an online retail store that sells a variety of cactus and succulents. The store is a take-off of Altman’s original wholesale business, as the company started as a mail order catalog.

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March 23, 2012

Surging Interest In Succulents

Succulents are popping up everywhere. Highlighted as trendy new additions to wedding bouquets, table floral arrangements and even guest favors, succulents have become the wedding it-plant for 2012. Beyond the wedding market, succulents are favorites in the garden astopiary garden art, living wreaths, terrariums and miniature fairy gardens, as well as in the landscape, hanging baskets and combination planters. “Succulents are very popular with younger consumers for their low-maintenance and interesting forms and textures,” says Juan St. Amant of Plug Connection in Vista, Calif. “Novice gardeners and hardcore enthusiasts alike find succulents very rewarding.” Surging consumer interest in succulents has led to increased production and more offerings from breeders. Let’s explore what some breeders are building into their portfolios. Sense New Demand As the largest producer of tissue-cultured succulents in the United States, Rancho Tissue Technologies develops unique and innovative varieties that can benefit all levels of the supply chain, […]

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November 3, 2011

12 New Succulents To Consider

Rancho Tissue Technologies introduces the Rancho Collection, an exclusive selection of varieties handpicked or bred specifically for the company. The collection includes varieties such as Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’, distinguished by its leaf cupping, which is much more intense than in standard ovatifolia selections. In addition to ‘Vanzie,’ the Rancho Collection’s inaugural varieties include five more agaves: ‘Blue Flame,’ ‘Blue Glow,’ ‘Cameron Blue,’ ‘Dragon Toes’ and ‘Globe’; plus two aloes: ‘Violet’ and ‘Delta Lights’; two dyckias: ‘Brittle Star’ and ‘Burgundy Ice’; and two echeverias: ‘Purple Afterglow’ and ‘White Cloud.’ “These varieties are carefully chosen for their unique and distinctive features,” says Heather May, owner and founder. “Our breeder Kelly Griffin worked with our specific goals in mind to create the best varieties so growers and homeowners alike will be happy.” All Rancho Collection varieties are produced by tissue culture. Visit RanchoTissue.com for more information.

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April 7, 2011

The Top Four Succulent Genera

The 1970s was a “groovy” bohemian and eclectic decade featuring sexy and diverse fashions including wide-collared shirts and tight bell-bottom jeans. A time capsule back to a ’70s home might find shag carpeting, beanbag chairs, candles and faux fur furniture–all trends that have found their way back to our post-millennial residences today. Retailers also look to the past to reinvigorate the future. A major trend in retail greenery favors succulents, also known as fat plants, which are water-retaining plants that thrive in arid climates. The stars of the succulent plant family are cacti (cactaceau) better known as cactus which achieved widespread popularity in the 1970s. While all cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti. Succulent plants are found in more than 60 plant families which have evolved their water-storage tissues in their enlarged leaves, roots or stems as an adjustment to arid environments. Iconic national and international retail brands […]

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March 30, 2011

Succeed With Succulents

[imageviewer] Up until recently, succulents were grouped with cacti in niche collections. But unlike their prickly counterparts, succulents have really taken off, capturing a lot of consumer and designer interest. In addition to resembling living sculpture, plants are versatile and easy to use by offering the benefits of low maintenance and low water use. Succulents are showing up at retail in dish gardens, as showy specimens, living walls, picture frames, topiaries, wreaths and centerpieces for indoor and outdoor use. Garden writers and celebrities are promoting them. Stylish home décor stores like Anthropologie and Crate & Barrel are carrying them as centerpieces. “There are so many textures and colors you don’t see in flowering material,” says Juan St. Amant of Plug Connection in Vista, Calif. Vista just may be the succulent capital of the world. Major producers include Altman Plants, Plug Connection and EuroAmerican Propagators in nearby Bonsall. Ken and Deena […]

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September 2, 2010

Three New Succulents From Rancho Tissue Technologies

  Rancho Tissue Technologies has introduced three new succulent varieties: Aloe hybrid ‘Delta Lights,’ Agave pygmae ‘Dragon Toes’ and Agave hybrid ‘Blue Flame’ Created by breeder Kelly Griffin exclusively for Rancho Tissue, Aloe hybrid ‘Delta Lights’ is larger in size and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Its unique zigzag foliage pattern adds sizzle to landscapes in Zones 8-11 or interiorscapes. Produced from tissue culture, Agave pygmae ‘Dragon Toes’ was chosen for its red tips and chunky thick leaves. Each leaf of this seed selection has a distinct imprint on it, which imparts even more drama to the plant. This dwarf blue agave is great for small gardens. Plants grow to 12 inches. Agave hybrid ‘Blue Flame’ was named for both the blue in its foliage and the shape of the plant, which resembles a gas flame with its gracefully incurved leaf tips. Produced from tissue culture, this […]

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March 29, 2010

Succulents: What’s Old Is New

Succulents meet consumers. Consumers meet succulents. That may be a little extreme–they aren’t complete strangers–but a familiarity of this market on a consumer level has definitely been lacking. Until now. As one grower states, succulents are far from new and with consumer tastes becoming more refined, these plant types are beginning to see a resurgence in popularity. Making Sense Of It When it comes to ease of maintenance, clean-lined aesthetics and durability, succulents are at the head of the class–a message many growers aren’t passing onto retailers, who are then missing out on their customers. Grower Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm, Kintnersville, Pa., says, “There’s a definite disconnect between the grower and the buyer for the store.” He says growers are not giving a clear message to the retailers, and also many buyers aren’t concerned with hearing this message because it doesn’t impact them directly. “Succulents don’t use water […]

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November 19, 2009

Four New Succulents From Rancho Tissue Technology

Aloe hybrid ‘Christmas Carol,’ a small-size aloe, is one of the most spectacular for color. Trimmed in bright red, the deep green leaves also feature vibrant dark red spots along the centers of the leaves. It is best for 4- to 6-inch pots indoors or outdoors and is hardy in zones 8-11   Aloe hybrid ‘Sunset’ is a new release from renowned breeder Kelly Griffin. It boasts bright red leaf margins that offset deep green foliage. This aloe is perfect for indoor pot use or outside containers. Plants grow to about 12 inches and ard hardy in zones 8-11.  Agave hybrid ‘Blue Emperor’ features spectacular blue foliage with black tips and is very water wise. Cold hardy to freezing as well as heat loving, it thrives in full sun. ‘Blue Emperor’ grows 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It is hardy to zones 8-11. Agave parrasana ‘Globe’ is incredibly […]

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April 8, 2009

Showcasing Succulents & Organics

If you want to visit a neutral company that works with just about all the flower breeders, Plug Connection in Vista, Calif., is the place. In addition to facilitating a comprehensive comparison trial in new varieties against others on the market, the company selects vegetative crop categories to trial. This year it was petunias ranging from the small-flowered petunias to large ones in all color classes. Pack Trials continue to be a great opportunity for Plug Connection to showcase its own collections of offerings, which are expanding every year. New this year is the Mosaics collection of succulents, which were presented in a giant living wall, in combination plantings, pots, liner trays and even whimsical topiaries. There is now question this category is capturing more attention. Consumers are intrigued by their sculptural qualities and love the fact they are low maintenance and require less water. In regions with watering restrictions, […]

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June 19, 2008

Succulents And Osteos From EuroAmerican

Everything old is new again with the Retro Succulents line. A throwback to the ’70s, Retro Succulents are unique, structural succulents that are a perfect fit for today’s busy consumers, especially those who demand the latest style without all the hassle. Plants are naturally low maintenance and durable with low water usage, forgiving even the most neglectful owner. Conserving water makes these succulents a fashionable and environmentally friendly option, as well. “Retro Succulents are designed to thrive,” says David Doolittle, marketing director for EuroAmerican. “These low-maintenance plants are nearly care free and are sure to be a conversation piece, adding a bit of flare and individuality to the garden or home.” Aloes, echeverias and agaves make up the 16 varieties in the series. Retros come in a range of colors and boast leaf designs that run from narrow and pointed to thick and curvy, and even to those with teeth! Unrooted […]

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